Journal of Prosthodontics News   June 23, 2020

Technical Protocol for Presenting Maxillofacial Prosthetics Concepts Using Interactive 3D in a PDF


Now online in the Journal of Prosthodontics, Drs. Mahmoud Elbashti, Amel Aswehlee, Caroline Tram Nguyen, Bruno Ella, and Adrien Naveau introduce a technique to visualize and communicate 3D virtual models using a PDF file to present maxillofacial prosthetics concepts to dental students.

Due to the complex nature and scope of maxillofacial defects and their prosthetic rehabilitation, spatial ability is important for students to understand maxillofacial prosthetics concepts.

The authors describe how to embed MP models in 3D interactive PDF files and highlight the many advantages of this approach, including the smaller file size, use of a very commonly available reader (PDF), efficient working time, and the possibilities for adjusting the frame of appearance, for editing the toolbar and content, and for creating additional views.

This approach allows educators to develop PDF files with multiple 3D models embedded within them. Students can simply open the PDF file, activate the 3D mode, and interactively manipulate the 3D models to enhance their spatial ability for learning maxillofacial prosthetics.

Elbashti M, Aswehlee A, Nguyen CT, et al: Technical Protocol for Presenting Maxillofacial Prosthetics Concepts to Dental Students using Interactive 3D Virtual Models Within a Portable Document Format. J Prosthodont 2020.


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